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Google Cloud acquires IT company Cornerstone Technology

Google Cloud recently announced its acquisition of Cornerstone Technology, a technology solutions provider serving the IT needs of government and commercial organizations. The move is to “better help customers migrate their mainframe workloads to Google Cloud.”

Google hopes that Cornerstone’s experience and solutions would help form the “cornerstone” of its mainframe-to-GCP solutions, and customers are able to take advantage of these new capabilities now through the Professional Services Organization and our partner network.

Companies have been using mainframe architecture to run their mission-critical workloads, however, limitations prevent developers from exploring more opportunities and capabilities.

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Cloud computing has made it easier for organizations for modernizing applications “resulting in better capabilities and allocation of resources so your organization can focus on your core business.”

Google explained that “as the industry increasingly builds applications as a set of services, many customers want to break their mainframe monolith programs into either Java monoliths or Java microservices. This approach to application modernization is at the heart of the Cornerstone toolset. Through the use of automated processes, Cornerstone’s tools can break down your Cobol, PL/1, or Assembler programs into services and then make them cloud-native, such as within a managed, containerized environment.”

Modernizing infrastructure

Cornerstone solutions bring a number of benefits to customers as they modernize their infrastructure and applications on Google Cloud:

Migration roadmap development. Conduct an assessment on your entire mainframe environment, find the macro and the microservices, and create a roadmap to a modern services architecture, making it easy to plan your path to the cloud.

Conversion flexibility (“any-to-any”). Convert any language to any other language and any database to any other database to prepare your applications for modern environments.

Automated data migration. Easily move your mainframe data, unlocking its value to drive new innovative use cases in data analytics and data warehousing.
Boa Vista, a large financial services company in Brazil, is migrating to Google Cloud and modernizing their applications using Cornerstone’s toolset.

“Migrating to new services architecture helps us innovate faster and save on compute costs. We’re migrating both our AS/400 and z/OS systems to more modern technologies like Java and SQL databases,” said Ricardo Orlando, chief technology officer of Boa Vista. “Google Cloud is helping us realize new revenue streams and more effectively deploy our resources.”

“Easy mainframe migration will go a long way as Google attracts large enterprises to its cloud,” said Matt Eastwood, senior vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure, Cloud, Developers and Alliances, IDC. “Google Cloud is listening to its customers and meeting them where they are, steadily improving its services and attracting businesses across industries.”